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ar·ma·dil·lo / ˌärməˈdilō/ •
n. (pl. -os) a nocturnal omnivorous mammal native to Central and South America, with large claws for digging and a body covered in bony plates. Several genera and species include the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus, family Dasypodidae).
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Nocturnal, burrowing mammal found from Texas
, noted for the armour of bony plates that protect its back and sides. When attacked, some species roll into a defensive ball. It eats insects, carrion and plants. Length: 130–150cm (50–59in). Family Dasypodidae.